Sacramento: History Unveiled
Today, our travels lead us to Sacramento, California’s vibrant capital in Central Valley. We were eager to explore the city’s rich history and cultural offerings and started at the iconic Sutter’s Fort.
Sutter's Fort: A Complex Legacy
A Capital Under Construction
Despite the construction, we enjoyed the spacious 40-acre Capitol Park, with landmarks like the California Veterans and Firefighters Memorial. The diverse flora, including orange trees, added a touch of unexpected beauty and a reminder of California’s diverse agricultural heritage.
The Victorian-Style Stanford Mansion
The grand Stanford Mansion stands as a majestic contrast to the modern downtown office buildings around it. This California State Historic Park and National Historic Landmark, built by Stanford University founder Leland Stanford, is more than just a Victorian-era residence. Today, the building serves as the official reception center for the State, welcoming diplomats and leaders from around the world.
Gold Rush Charm in Old Sacramento
DOCO, Downtown Commons
DOCO stands for “Downtown Commons,” but it also refers to the “Depot and Commerce” district from Sacramento’s early days with trains and bustling trade. It’s hard to imagine that this stunning area once was a desolate railyard.
Sacramento's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Our stroll led us to the imposing Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the majestic mother church of Sacramento’s Roman Catholic Diocese. Built in 1889, its Renaissance Revival silhouette dominated the skyline with its pristine white facade, skyrocketing nave, and grand dome. Although the doors were closed, we could still admire its grandeur from the outside.